Working from Home…With Children! 26 Parents Share Their Best Tips

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Today is my birthday! Yippee! I’m not going to tell you my age, but I WILL tell you what my wonderful husband is getting me. A WHOLE DAY to myself! That’s right. I’m taking my Mac Book to Starbucks, and I’ll be writing, reading, or Facebooking ALL DAY!

If you’re a work-at-home-mom, I don’t need to tell you how valuable this is. Working from home with kids around is hard, especially in the summer time when there’s no school to dump them off on.

2Working from home with kids. 26 work at home parents share their best tips for getting the job done with little ones around.

Today I get to have my husband at home to take care of our little darlings. But what about every other day? How does a work-at-home-parent keep his or her kids occupied so they can get a little work done? I asked 26 parents for their BEST tips on working from home with kids around. Here’s what they said:

  1. Lauren from Scrapbook Blog: “Playdoh. It keeps them entertained for hours! Also a new film or series on Netflix can help keep them entertained for a bit longer!”
  2. Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too: “I set them up with ‘work’ to do too. So my older ones might have homework or a new colouring book etc. Whilst my youngest will have building blocks or a puzzle.”
  3. Jaymee from The Mum Diaries: “Ummm I’ll be the one to say Tablet/TV! My nanny Mrs CBeebies is pretty good
  4. Jen from Just Average Jen: “Bribery! Think of something they want and there you have it! lol”
  5. Stacey from One Small Human: “I have a little desk next to my desk where my toddler “works.” He can be in the room with me and feels like he’s part of what I’m doing but his work is more like painting a picture!”
  6. Sophia from Tattooed Tealady: “I make sure I plan my work around naps and when she is in bed for the night. It’s much easier than trying to juggle things whilst she is awake!”
  7. Kate from Counting to Ten: “My youngest daughter loves to dance. If I put children’s music on she will dance for a bit, then get distracted by her toys, then dance and so on. I find it works better for longer periods than TV.”
  8. Debbie from An Organised Mess: “During the holidays I have an armoury of things… colouring books, tablet, films, crafts, food, and a rotation of toys. It’s not easy, and you’ll always be on a conference call when something goes wrong!”
  9. Beth from Life as a Mum: “I don’t tend to work when it’s just me and my youngest, who’s nearly 1, as he is so clingy. My eldest two I tell them to go on the iPad for a bit until I’ve finished.”
  10. Kate from Escape with the Family: “Promise of quality time with them as soon as time allows.”
  11. Erica from Nine to Three Thirty: ” I get out toys and activities my son hasn’t seen for months. They go on the dining table and he works his way round till he gets bored. Alternatively I invite a friend round to play – that works wonders for an only child.”
  12. Katy from Katy Kicker: “Regular rotation of toys (at least once a week) almost always guarantees at least 1-2 days where my daughter is really entertained.”
  13. Emma from Emma Reed–Author, Blogger, Writer: “I try and do as much as I can whilst he’s at pre-school but if something really needs doing I find a film and plenty of snacks helps!!”
  14. Emma from Me and B Make Tea: “If my son is off sick then I work from home. I find a film, snuggles, a duvet and some snacks he likes definitely help keep him occupied. I then make sure we have some downtime together – stories, stickers or colouring.”
  15. Victoria from Lylia Rose: “I did set up my office in 1/3 of their playroom, splitting it up with a sofa, hoping it would be a genius idea for me to work and them to play. Did it work? Rarely! They just want to see what I’m doing and climb all over me! I usually have to resort to a Peppa Pig playlist… hopefully it will be easier when they get older.”
  16. Alison from Five Little Stars: “Play dough! I do sit them in front of the TV or let them watch You Tube Kids if I must. But guilt soon kicks in and Play dough is a brilliant thing! I will sometimes get 40 minutes out of my daughter
    busy board
    Hollie’s Busy Board!

    . While my son, who is 5, is very happy to do “making” with a pile of recycling and tape. I just don’t look at the mess!”

  17. Donna from Bobsy’s Mum: “Mine is 18 months and it can be hard! I try to work in small chunks. So I might work for 45 minutes and then play for an hour. By which time she’s tired out and happy to watch a bit of CBeebies or sit and look at books. I do most of my work when she’s in bed though.”
  18. Hollie from Thrifty Mum: “I built my 20month old son a busy board to keep him quiet and it worked!”
  19. Lisa from Bare Mother: “I tried, but just couldn’t make it work. My job can be really intense. The final straw for me was being in a meeting/conference over Skype, and having my end on mute the whole time because I had a shouting little one hanging off my leg. So stressful. I still work from home and he’s in nursery and everyone is happy. If he’s at home poorly we have a TV day, and sit together on the lounge or in bed, me with the laptop. On those days I think it’s just a case of getting through what you can!”
  20. Nicola from All Things Spliced: “CBeebies and snacks! 🙈 I’m such a terrible mother!! The older he gets though (he’s only just two), the more I’m finding that he understands a bit better that Mummy’s working and will play when she’s finished. Luckily, I only do two hours from home twice a week and it’s normally only for half an hour that I have him there by myself before Mr Lighty comes home and takes over.”
  21. Awaybies Kids: “I can’t work with my youngest around, at all! I can barely do 5 mins of housework with him awake. But I’m loving all these ideas and will have to try them out as he gets older/less clingy. For my older ones play dates, writing stories, putting on “shows”, Lego, play doh and tv/iPad are great for keeping them busy but they have to be in the right mood! I do mostly just work while they’re at school, other childcare, or asleep though.” 
  22. Renee from Close Enough to Kiss: “It depends on the child’s age. I have worked the majority of my daughter’s life at home with her in a sling. I went back to work at 6 weeks after she was born. It works wonders for a baby. I have a standing desk so you can often find me swaying her off too sleep.”
  23. Kayleigh from Candyfloss & Dreams: “I do as much as I can whilst E is at school but in half term at weekends I try and fit in little bursts of work here and there and compromise with trips to the park/ice cream and letting her play on her tablet. If we had a garden we’d probably spend all the time out there! Its tough though, fitting it all in.”
  24. Melanie from Cossins Music School: “Send them out with dad!
  25. Cass from The Diary of a Frugal Family: “I tell my two that if they’re not happy playing in their rooms or outside in the garden then I’m more than happy to write them a list of jobs to do! I don’t see them all morning!”
  26. Jade from Mummies Waiting: “Give them a sibling 🙈 my girls will go off upstairs and play, they come back get their own food/drink and leave again! They are only 2 & 4 but so independent now they are together.”

 


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5 comments

  1. Happy Birthday!!!! What a fabulous gift!!! (So jealous you have a Starbucks! I have to drive an hour to get to one:)) What I love about this post is how it showcases all of these woman trying to juggle work & family -with great attitudes! That’s refreshing, don’t cha think?
    Enjoy your day & have a Mocha Frappacino with whipped cream for me!!!❤🎉❤

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  2. Happy Belated Birthday!
    Great post! Many moms sound as though they have flex hours without phone work. I’ve been working from home for a little over a year now. I love sleeping in until 15 min before my shift, prepping dinner during lunch, etc. However, I have set hours. My current schedule is from 8:30-17:30. I take calls, chats, and emails. Majority of my contacts are 90% calls. Since I have to wear a headset I’m glued to my computer until schedule breaks and lunch.
    My five year old is either in my office reading to me between calls, watching a lesson on her iPad, or watching tv during her school week off.

    It’s much harder when your job requires phone work and you have younger children, barking dogs, and random visits. I’m constantly using the mute button.

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    1. That’s amazing that you’re able to get all that done! Y work is 90% writing or reading, and I am able flex my schedule, so that helps a lot. But yesterday, I was o the phone for 3 hours and my kids stayed quiet! I was amazed! It helped that the 2 year old was napping!

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